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The account I didn’t know I needed.
Anyway, here’s everything you need to know:
From around Land-Grant Holy Land...
Connor Lemons, LGHL
Brett Ludwiczak, LGHL
Considering Buckeye Bits doesn’t get published until 6:30 p.m. ET, these two games are finito and you likely now know the outcome of each. (I won’t spoil it, if not) (Just kidding, I spoil it later in this article). But, just in case you still want some info on your favorite Buckeye-filled TBT teams, Connor and Brett have everything you need to know and more!
Gene Ross, LGHL
Anyone else having Ohio State football recruiting withdrawals? Don’t worry, you can still get your fix via the basketball team. A four-star 2021 guard— the nation’s No. 15 shooting guard and No. 78 overall recruit— is announcing his commitment on Friday, July 10, and Ohio State is one of his top five schools.
Gene Ross, LGHL
Should Ohio State redshirt its two stud freshmen QBs? Can football players wear masks while playing? Who did experts pick to win the Big Ten? All that and more in yesterday’s Buckeye Bits.
From around the gridiron...
Brandon Marcello, Bucknuts
To be honest, I’m just shocked we’re getting a football season at all, let alone a season that starts on time. But now that COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise and players and coaches are testing positive, folks within the Power Five are pessimistic about a late August/early September start time. One P5 administrator told 247Sports that, while a spring season is the last resort, a delay almost seems inevitable.
Decisions will be made soon though, as many P5 conference officials have deemed late July to early August as the “11th hour.”
Brad Crawford, Bucknuts
According to ESPN’s Football Power Index, Ohio State has over a 90 percent chance to win every game on its schedule except Oregon (62.4 percent chance) and Penn State (61.8 percent). They are also on the national title shortlist along with ‘Bama and Clemson.
Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com
Next on their Buckeye Talk podcast—which is one of my personal favorite podcasts on the Ohio State beat— the guys at cleveland.com take 20 rapid fire questions from text subscribers. They discuss which states are the most important for Ohio State recruiting, Ohio State receiver recruiting vs. Alabama receiver recruiting, the chances of another defensive Heisman Trophy winner, and more.
Patrick Murphy, Bucknuts
Replacing one of the best players in college football is not an easy task, nor is it a task that only one man can complete. Larry Johnson will likely have to use a combination of Jonathon Cooper, Zach Harrison, Tyreke Smith, Tyler Friday and Javontae Jean-Baptiste to replace Chase Young’s production.
Jim Harbaugh, on moving forward with plans for fall football season: "COVID is part of our society. It wasn’t caused by football or caused by sports. There’s no expert view right now that I’m aware of that sports is going to make that worse."— Austin Meek (@byAustinMeek) July 8, 2020
Disclaimer: Harbaugh did say in this same interview that he’d support any adjustments or cancellations to the football schedule in order to keep his players safe. However, there’s a whollllle lotta “expert views” saying that yup, sports can and probably will make COVID-19 worse. Unless you can somehow take the huddling, tackling and blocking out of football??
21 PUNTS in ONE game!!
What's the most unbreakable OSU football record?— Eleven Warriors (@11W) July 8, 2020
Fun facts for you: Vic Janowicz’s 21-punt game was against Michigan during a blizzard. The Buckeyes lost 9-3. (Janowicz also kicked the field goal). One of those punts was blocked and ultimately led to the Wolverines’ touchdown and also the Big Ten title.
Janowicz won the 1950 Heisman Trophy. He played halfback, safety, punted and did the place-kicking for the Buckeyes.
He was also an impressive baseball player. Out of high school, the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers offered Janowicz contracts, and 60 colleges sought to recruit him.
(Did you guys know all of this?!)
After college, he served in the Army for a year and signed a baseball contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played catcher and hit a .214 before being released. He switched back to football and played for the Washington Redskins. He had a highly productive stint with the Redskins, before ultimately sustaining a career-ending head injury in a car accident, which eventually led to paralysis of the left side of his body.
He made a full recovery thanks to the docs at Ohio State. He went on to become a broadcaster for Buckeye football games, an account executive with a manufacturing firm in Columbus, and an administrative assistant to the state auditor. In 1996, he died at the age of 66 due to cancer.
Around the hardwood...
Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors
Smith, in an interview with Buckeye Sports Bulletin, said that there are no plans for the team to return to St. John Arena for a game in the near future, due to the fact that there will be fewer home games overall.
Instead, the basketball teams will play in the much worse, always empty, less historic Schottenstein Center. Because who needs home court advantage anyway?!
Big X falls in the second round of TBT.
Sigh. Not a good TBT day for Buckeye fans.
: 68— Car❌en’s Crew (@CarmensCrew) July 8, 2020
Score and stop.
Matt has your recap here.
From everywhere else...
Kevin Harrish, Eleven Warriors
Like Kevin points out, you can’t ask people to describe pleasant Michigan moments when your opposition are the only ones to have pleasant Michigan moments.
Dr. Michael Drake is now the prez of University of California.
Dr. Michael Drake is the first Black leader in the system's 150-year history https://t.co/3X7Uid9Gn2— TIME (@TIME) July 8, 2020
I would have at least taken a vacation between gigs?!
The Ivy League will likely move its football season to spring.
The Ivy League was also the first to cancel its conference basketball tournament, so... https://t.co/x9RVqGEHqw— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) July 8, 2020
March: “The Ivy League is cancelling its basketball tournament, but don’t expect FBS schools to do the same thing.”
July: “The Ivy League is moving its football season to spring, but don’t expe-
Stanford (!!) is cutting 11 of its 36 varsity sports.
Stanford is cutting 11 varsity sports. https://t.co/C49Vu9V5aM— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) July 8, 2020
Following the 2020-21 season, Stanford will be discontinuing men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling.
The only Division I FBS school that sponsors more sports than Stanford? That’d be Ohio State.